Happy Tuesday everyone!! Today I’m shared my review of 2000 Tunes by Karl Drinkwater. This is a little bit of a different read for me.
Massive thanks to the fabulous Sarah Hardy of Book On The Bright Side Publicity for inviting me on the blog tour and for my copy of 2000 Tunes. I also bought myself a paperback copy of the book.
Mark Hopton is twenty-four, single, and obsessed with Manchester music. It’s his escape into a better world.
Oh man, he needs that escape. His psycho brother’s on his case and in his face, his dad’s in prison, and the local gangsters are twisting his melons to make him smuggle drugs. Heaven knows he’s miserable now.
His one true shining ray of hope is Samantha Rees, a gorgeous and chaotic Welsh woman who rocks his world. She is the only good thing about his dead-end job. However, Samantha is popular, living the 24 hour party people lifestyle, so Mark assumes she’d never be interested in a shy outsider like him.
But after a chance encounter leads to Mark and Samantha spending the day together in the city centre – such a perfect day – perhaps hope isn’t fool’s gold after all?
What Did I Think?
I’ll admit now, 2000 Tunes isn’t normally my sort of book. I’m either full on crime fiction or light and girlie chick lit type books. I was drawn to 2000 Tunes because of the title and the musical link. The time this is set is just after the point I was discovering new music through university and at the same time as me starting out in the big scary world of working full time so I thought I’d take a gamble…. and it paid off!
I loved that the chapters are entitled with song titles. It lead me to tracks I didn’t know by bands and artists I knew. Books are my passion but I’ve always loved music so discovering new artists (both established or new in the scene) or tracks is a treat. As I read the book, I downloaded the chapter tracks to create my own 2000 Tunes playlist to enjoy.
“I don’t like it when people diss my music.”
Mark’s musical stance is brilliant. He is a proper Oasis follower in the BritPop fight. Back in 1994, you were Blur or you were Oasis, South or North. Me being a Midlands teenager at the time, liked them both – I was more in the Blur camp (Damon Albarn 😍😍😍) but I am partial to Oasis too. And the whole BritPop scene to boot!
But 2000 Tunes isn’t just about Mark’s obsession. It’s about relationships. Mark’s a man with divided loyalties on the home front. He wants to be part of his family but he wants to be a good person and put on by his family puts him in an awkward position. But it’s not just his family he has to deal with. He’s got his eye on a girl at work and everyone knows that relationships are never an easy path to take, particularly one with a work colleague. I felt sorry for Mark. I was willing him to come out on top. I wanted him to get the girl and be happy, to stick two fingers up to his controlling dad and brother.
Drinkwater has written a great book about a young man finding his place in the world. It’s not an easy journey he takes and he’s got tough decisions to make. The story has a northern feel to it, don’t ask me exactly what that is but it felt northern. I might just have to treat myself to the counterpart book of Cold Fusion 2000.
Who Is Karl Drinkwater?
Karl Drinkwater is originally from Manchester but lived in Wales for twenty years, and now calls Scotland his home. He’s a full-time author, edits fiction for other writers, and was a professional librarian for over twenty-five years. He has degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science.
He writes in multiple genres: his aim is always just to tell a good story. Among his books you’ll find elements of literary and contemporary fiction, gritty urban, horror, suspense, paranormal, thriller, sci-fi, romance, social commentary, and more. The end result is interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.
When he isn’t writing he loves exercise, guitars, computer and board games, the natural environment, animals, social justice, cake, and zombies. Not necessarily in that order.